So…here we are.
It’s a little over three years since the launch of my debut novel “The Clearing”, and almost 18 months since I signed off of this site, and social media in general. So much has changed, but the bottom line is that I’m back. My circumstances have also changed a bit, in that I haven’t nearly the time and opportunity to go online that I did, however, we’ll make it work.
We now live near Albany, New York, a relocation that occurred in the fall of 2014. It’s good to get back to the seasons again. South Carolina had its charms, but it was hotter than the hinges of hell in the summer, and let’s face it, after 30 years, anything gets old. So, now I’m back in the land of mountains and leaf changing, and Lord above, lake fishing!
As we get reacquainted, more will come out about all that, but for now, suffice to say one of the things I did accomplish during my absence was re-write parts of The Clearing. See, quite a number of reviews it received mentioned a common dissatisfaction with one of the main characters, Beth.
And that bugged me.
It’s not all about selling books, at least not to me. And, judging from the sales numbers I’ve studied on Amazon over the past few years, it’s not the only thing that matters to quite a number of us. It’s also about producing something you can hold up and say “This! This is a product of my effort, and it represents my best effort!”
And as long as I knew those reviews were out there, I couldn’t resolve having it out there. So, I took it off the shelf, for quite a number of months. When I had the time, I rewrote Beth’s character, made her more of what she should have been, and sent the revisions to my publisher, Tim Taylor over at Greyhart Press. He is, as we speak, eyeballing these revisions, and we’re planning a launch of the new edition.
Combine that with re-booting my career with a splendid company here, exploring a new territory with my lovely wife, and doing a little fishing, and well, it’s been eventful.
Now, I’m looking forward to easing back into it, so, anyone who has a notion, you’re once again welcome to walk in. I can’t do social media during the day now, so I’m constrained to early mornings, evenings, and weekends, but hey, bottom line is: